I've never really had any problems with Tamoxifen, the only time I feel a bit off is if I miss taking it, The following morning I can feel a bit spaced out and a little queazy, thankfully I don't forget very often! I also take an antidepressant called Venlafaxine to help with side effects, I get a little stiff if sat down for long periods and can fall asleep at the drop of a hat but on the whole I'm fine and it has no real impact on my life Xx Jo
If it is invasive & they are saying chemo is unlikely, then that's good, sounds very similar to me.
Don't be hard on yourself, we've all had down days & meltdowns, even those who appear to cope well.
At your stage, I got signed off, as my head was not in a place to be effective at work, others probably cope better with distraction, so do what you feel you need to do, you have a sick note, hr can wait.
H Rebecca, it's all so confusing it's no wonder we don't understand it all! DSIS is non invasive but you can have both, I did, I knew from the off I had some DCIS and small area of invasive known as IDC, Try not to panic, as hard as it is it is all treatable and you will be very well looked after, I had a lumpectomy followed by 15 sessions of rads and am now 18 months on and taking Tamoxifen, stress will cause all sorts of symptoms and can make you feel like you are going quite mad at times but try and take a deep breath and not over think, plenty of support here for you Xx Jo
Well that's positive, as it sounds like it hasn't got to the invasive stage & it's contained. Don't worry too much about the change of grade, mine went from grade 1 to 2 on final examination after surgery & my surgeon said it made no difference to my prognosis or treatment.
I had a small invasive bc, removed by surgery, followed by rads & tamoxifen, all was straightforward & I now feel back to normal, from what you say, your experience may well be very similar.
Understandably, it's very stressful going through this, so the hair loss is likely to be stress related, it would not be related to the bc itself.
As far as feeling stressed, it all gets a lot easier once the treatment plan is in place.